Barlow Palminteri

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS

EDITOR’S NOTE: This event was cancelled by the venue on Aug. 4.

Olympia painter Barlow Palminteri graces the walls of Salon Refu with a series of paintings of his backyard. “Everything was within 500 feet of the house,” Palminteri says.

The gallery will be filled with paintings and pastel drawings. Many of the paintings are done en plein air, meaning on-the-spot outdoors and completed within two hours. Others are painstakingly transcribed almost inch-by-inch from sketches by using a grid for placement of each line. The artist will be showing some of his unfinished underpaintings as demonstration of this process.

The drawings and paintings are impressionistic and colorful pictures of grass, trees and flowers seen close-up and rendered in vibrant tones of violet, orange and green, in an unusual combination of loose and improvisational brushstrokes and careful rendering.

Salon Refu owner Susan Christian describes the work as “firm structure underlying deliriously beautiful surface.”

What: Barlow Palminteri paintings

Where: Salon Refu, 114 N. Capitol Way, Olympia

When: 2-6 p.m. Thursday – Sunday Aug. 5-28

How much: free

Learn more: 360-280-3540 /